Portrait Lighting & Posing I
Natural Light & On Location Lighting
Lighting Equipment Provided
The basics of portrait photography: lenses & focal lengths, making the subject feel at ease, lighting & composition.
Modifying natural light: Identify the situations that you need a modifier, and to use it correctly.
On location lighting: add off-camera flash and softboxes.
Flash triggers provided during class for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji users.
Understanding the science of light to make light work for you
Small class size (maximum 6 attendees)
Everyone gets a chance to shoot during the classroom demonstration time, not just the instructor (the goal is to help everyone correct any mistakes in the photos based on the knowledge of light)
Learn the principles in posing, and apply only 5 base poses that lead to many different variations.
Be sensitive to poses that will make the subject look weird in the photos, and learn how to correct them.
An easy-to-follow workbook will be given for each attendee during the class
You don't have to invest in your lighting equipment until you fully understand how light works: A comprehensive list of lighting equipment and gears will be delivered digitally after the class
This class is for adults only (18+)
This class will not be rescheduled due to rainy weather as there are sheltered areas in the outdoor field trip locations
We provide reflectors.
**Attendees are expected to bring their own equipment for this class: cameras and lenses. We will provide the flashes & the triggers for the Canon, Sony, Fuji and Nikon systems.
Beginner 101 & 102 & 103 Photography Workshops OR ability to use the manual mode of your camera: Attendees are required to adjust the exposure in the manual mode VERY proficiently.
85mm F1.2, F1.4, F1.8
50mm F1.2, F1.4, F1.8
70-200mm F2.8, F4
24-70mm F2.8, F4
Building a portable studio is no longer taught in this workshop as it has been moved to Portrait Lighting & Posing II
January 12th 2020
(Part 1: Classroom session & demonstration;
Part 2: Outdoor photoshoot)
*Lunch: 30 mins only, please bring your own lunch*
Classroom session: 535 Mission Street, 14th Floor, San Francisco
Outdoor photoshoot: SF Financial District
Natural light & On Location Lighting
Understand the science of light and correct any mistakes in the photos based on scientific knowledge (rather than guessing)
Easy-to-remember posing skills
Tuition fee: $350/person
Why do you have to attend this Portrait Workshop?
"Observe (the light) before your shoot"
Here in Photosprouts, we want you to be a successful photographer.
There are portrait classes out there that merely arrange attendees to photograph models under natural sunlight (or at most add a reflector), Photosprouts shows attendees how to use off-camera flashes & modifiers in the right circumstances to create stunning portraits that make your work stand out in the highly competitive photography industry. The class size is very small (6 attendees only). You will be practicing with a beautiful model with a small group of photographers, and receive sufficient individual attention from the instructor and the model.
Highlights of this workshop
1. Modifying Natural Light
High key portraits
Lenses & focal lengths
Camera settings, aperture and depth of field
In what situations do you need to modify natural light?
Make the subject feel at ease
Use posing tricks to fully take advantage of the light
The model will be wearing the same pink dress and the white gown during this part of the workshop. These are the photos that you'll taking in this workshop.
Sometimes, adding a modifier changes the game. However, it isn't necessarily true.
Will you add a reflector to this photo? Why and why not?
Make light work for you and turn your work into a piece of art.
2. Get ready for On Location Photoshoot: Learn to use off-camera flashes and add a softbox
Confidently change the ambient and flash exposure by changing the camera settings
Use modifiers to change light quality, intensity and direction
Replicate natural light from the window with an off-camera flash
Add more flashes: create hair light with another flash
Fix any problems in the photo based on the Science of Light, rather than guessing
The model will be wearing the same red dress during this part of the workshop.
Off-camera flashes and softbox added
How many light sources? Where were they?
Um... the background looks plain, can we find a better angle?
Better composition + off camera flashes & softbox
Get ready for the outdoor photoshoot!
3. Outdoor Photoshoots
Find an open shade
Basic portrait composition
Adding off-camera flashes and modifiers to make your work stand out
Combine your ability to see and modify light, compositional skills and posing to create the photos that you love
Define your style by shooting in different combinations of camera and flash exposures: Light & airy, vs high contrast style
Learn to cut off harsh light with modifiers
Without light modifiers
Adding an off-camera flash to illuminate the subject just like natural light
Be confident to create your own style:
Different combinations of ambient and flash exposures will determine how your photos look like!
Learn how and apply to your portrait sessions (engagement/ kids & family/ headshots/ high school seniors).
Light and Airy Style
High contrast Style
Improve photo compositional skills and take awesome photos everywhere in your routine lives
Collaborative Learning and Team Work
Growth happens when you are outside of your comfort zone
Take the light challenge in a helpful, supportive environment
We have the best model team. The girls are patient with students, so they learn through trying various lighting experiments
Behind the scenes & students' work
What Do Attendees Think?
The Instructor's Work
Most of the photos below were shot in low light intensity situations, an off-camera flash was added to illuminate the subjects and mimic natural light.
GET CHEAT SHEET FOR CAPTURING AWESOME IMAGES ANYWHERE USING MANUAL MODE
DO YOU WANT IT?